From the white wedding dress to the carrying of flowers, weddings are full of old traditions. And yet, those traditions don’t stop once the wedding day is over, as there are plenty more traditions to follow in the years to come as each wedding anniversary rolls around.
These days, there are not only ‘modern’ wedding anniversary gifts, but floral ones (pansies for year one, daisies for year five etc) and gemstones gifts as well.
If you love all things traditional however, this one is for you.
Traditional wedding anniversary gifts
Year one: Paper
Paper in itself is simple, but it often tends to be what's printed on the paper that makes the first year special. It could be a voucher for a massage, theatre or concert tickets or even flights to a favourite destination – the sky's the limit!
Year two: Cotton
Cotton often means a gift of clothes (or even lingerie), but you can also take this excuse to go out and buy yourselves a luxurious new sheet set.
Year three: Leather
Think handbags, shoes, belts, jackets, or even a gorgeous new wallet for him or her. There are plenty of great leather products out there that make wonderful gifts.
Year four: Fruit/flowers
A fruit bouquet is as attractive as it is delicious, but consider getting creative and organising a sweet picnic with both fruit and flowers to enjoy a simple anniversary together.
Year five: Wood
A chopping board might not be particularly romantic so consider wooden photo frames with a beautiful photo of you both in it.
Year six: Confectionery
Sweets and chocolates are always a favourite gift. You could also consider a tour, tasting, or chocolate making class with your loved one.
Year seven: Wool/copper
Wool can be anything from luscious new slippers for winter to a warm coat or blanket. Copper could be a piece of artwork or a fun item of jewellery!
Year eight: Bronze
Bronze usually means third, but in this case, it comes in at year eight of a marriage. Instead of giving bronze as a metal, consider items that are simply bronze coloured to open up your options.
Year nine: Pottery
A pot by itself might not be very exciting, so you might like to give the gift of a pot with a plant already inside it.
Year ten: Tin
The modern version of the 10th wedding anniversary calls for an aluminium gift, which may be a little easier than the traditional tin.
Year fifteen: Crystal
Crystal is one of the first ‘luxurious’ gifts, and it can mean items such as crystal wine glasses or serving bowls, or even beautiful crystal jewellery.
Year twenty: China
China tends to mean serving plates and platters or ornaments. That said, you could get creative and take a trip to the country!
Year thirty: Pearl
Celebrate your 30th year of marriage with pearl gifts such as necklaces and earrings for her, or cufflinks for him.
Year forty: Ruby
Ruby is a rich red stone that looks gorgeous in any setting of jewellery for both men and women.
Year fifty: Gold
There almost no end to the possibilities of a gold wedding anniversary. It could be time for a new watch, or it could mean a new gold ring or necklace.
Year sixty: Diamond
Diamonds need no introduction, and any piece of diamond jewellery is ideal for a 60th wedding anniversary. And in case you’re wondering, diamonds are also the traditional gift for anything above 60 years, too!